Detroit at Chicago

Red Wings 2, Blackhawks 1


CHICAGO -- An open net was all Henrik Zetterberg needed to break out of a scoring slump.

Zetterberg and Robert Lang scored early in the third period and Detroit beat Chicago 2-1 for its fifth consecutive win.

Brian Boucher, who dropped to 0-7-0 this season, lost a shutout bid when Zetterberg scored at 3:09 of the third to tie it at 1.

"I didn't want to miss that one because it was right there with kind of an open net," said Zetterberg, who pounced on a loose rebound of Tomas Holmstrom's shot.

Rene Bourque scored for injury-depleted Chicago, which lost its seventh straight game. Boucher, making his fifth straight start in place of injured Nikolai Khabibulin, blocked 27 shots.

Zetterberg also assisted on Lang's game-winner at the 6:19 mark. Lang's shot from the top of the left circle slipped between the legs of Chicago defenseman Adrian Aucoin, changed direction slightly and beat Boucher.

"We know (the Blackhawks) aren't playing for seven days now and they could put everything into this game," Zetterberg said. "They've had the lead in the third period before and lost it. We knew we just had to keep working and be patient."

The Blackhawks don't play again until next Thursday at New Jersey.

Zetterberg, who had 39 goals and 46 assists last season, had just two goals and an assist in Detroit's first 12 games this season.

"I would be lying if I said it doesn't feel good to score again," he said. "It has been a while and it has been tough, but it finally went in."

Even without big offensive numbers, the Red Wings have been winning with tight defense and goaltending. During their streak, they've allowed only nine goals.

"We don't give up many shots, even when we play badly we don't give up many shots," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Our discipline has been a lot better.

"But we had so many goal posts and opportunities and you keep hearing 'ding.' Eventually those have to go in for this team."

The Blackhawks have not beaten the Red Wings in Chicago since Dec. 28, 2003. They were 1-6-1 against Detroit last season.

This year the Blackhawks are missing several top players, including Khabibulin and forwards Martin Havlat and Michal Handzus. During the seven-game slide, Chicago has scored just 10 goals.

"We need to get some offense," Aucoin said. "We really didn't put the puck in the back of the net, but we had good chances."

Bourque scored with 6:16 left in the first period to put Chicago in front. Following a turnover by Detroit's Chris Chelios, Radim Vrbata slipped past Chelios on the right wing boards. Vrbata then passed cross ice to Bourque, who tipped in the puck after driving to the net and gaining a step on the Red Wings' Brett Lebda.

Both teams narrowly missed on good offensive opportunities early in the first.

Detroit's Chris Osgood, who finished with 21 saves, stopped Bourque and Bryan Smolinski about four minutes in.

Boucher blocked three quick close-in chances following a turnover by Bourque a couple of minutes later.

Late in the second, the Blackhawks killed off a 1-minute, 30-second 5-on-3 Detroit power play. The Red Wings managed only one shot on goal during the span.


Detroit D Andreas Lilja missed his second game with a sore back; D Mathieu Schneider sat out his second with a groin injury. Joey MacDonald backed up Osgood in goal. Dominik Hasek, who was in the nets for the Red Wings' 3-2 win over Calgary at Detroit on Wednesday, was a healthy scratch. ... Chicago LW Tony Salmelainen missed the game with a shoulder separation. RW Reed Low and C Jeff Hamilton were the Blackhawks' healthy scratches. ... Khabibulin, out with a broken finger, might return Nov. 9 at New Jersey, the Blackhawks' next game.

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Detroit  (7-4-1) «0022
Chicago (4-9-0)1001
Three Stars
H. Zetterberg

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
R. Bourque

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
B. Boucher

Saves: 27
Save Pct.: .931

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Scoring Summary
13:44Rene Bourque (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Radim Vrbata, Adrian Aucoin
03:09Henrik Zetterberg (3), Tip-In - Assists: Tomas Holmstrom, Brett Lebda
06:19Robert Lang (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Brett Lebda, Henrik Zetterberg
Penalty Summary
08:55Hudler: Diving - 2 min.
10:41Zetterberg: Roughing - 2 min.
05:27Lapointe: Hooking - 2 min.
06:07Franzen: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
07:01Smolinski: Slashing - 2 min.
16:50Blunden: Hooking - 2 min.
17:20Aucoin: Delaying Game - 2 min.
08:37Holmqvist: Tripping - 2 min.
16:47Markov: Delaying Game - 2 min.
Chris Osgood59:32211
Brian Boucher59:13272
Game Information
Attendance - 15174
Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Pat Dapuzzo, Mark Pare
Other Games
Buf 5 Final
Bos 4
Mon 4 Final
Car 0
TB 5 Final
Phi 2
NYI 5 Final
NJ 2
Tor 2 Final
Fla 4
Van 2 Final
Min 5
Colo 1 Final
StL 4
NYR 3 Final
SJ 1